Piano Tuning in your Area

Regular Maintenance

Maintaining a piano involves a lot more than tuning, but it is the basis. At a minimum, the annual tuning is the best thing an owner can do for their piano, which in most cases, will out live the owner. I regularly tune pianos that are over 75 years old, to 120 years old. What can you buy today that has any chance of being around in a hundred years?
There are over 25,000 parts in a piano, and half of them move. The 25 to 30 tons of tension coexist in an ingenious balance of tension and compression.

Tuning Prices

Grand and Upright Pianos $ 125.00
Player Pianos $ 150.00
Square Grands $ 150.00
Pitch Raise (to A440) $ 50.00

Some thoughts on properly taking care of your piano:
  • Try to place the piano in the most stable temperature and humidity level place in the room.
  • Never put drinks or hot objects on the piano. Do not eat or drink while playing.
  • Do not see how hard you can play the piano. Treat entire instrument with care and respect.
  • Tune the piano regularly.

Here are some tuning guidelines.

Tuning is a necessary part of maintaining a piano. The more a piano's pitch is changed, the less time it will stay in tune. Concert pianos are tuned before each performance, not because they are bad pianos as tuning is not a permanent thing. The more a piano's pitch is changed the more chance there is for a string to break

Your piano is an important investment. Given the proper care and attention, it will reward you with a lifetime of rich, concert quality sound.

What You Get

On my first visit, your piano will get a thorough inspection. If you're interested in its history, its parts, or its working condition, just ask. I'll give you a personalized recommendation about how to proceed.

Most manufacturers recommend that you service your piano once every six months for the best sound. This can include tuning and/or repairs, depending on your piano's condition. Don't overspend! I'll tell you exactly what is (and isn't) required.

If you're planning to buy a piano, there are many brands and retailers to choose from. I'll help you get informed and select a quality piano that fits your needs.

Whether you're maintaining an existing piano or looking for a new one, I'll help you make the right decision for you and your family. My honest professional consultation can save you valuable time and money. I will only charge for the services you request.

All types (upright, grand, baby grand, spinet, console, player) are serviced.

Why Lang Lang began Piano !!

After watching a Tom and Jerry Cartoon, he became entranced with the possibilities of piano music.
His 'Pop Star' status is responsible for a huge resurgence in piano education in China. Here's Tom and Jerry !

Philip Glass at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Swiss Army Piano

Charles Hess patented this combination piano, couch, and bureau in 1866, intending it for hotels and boarding schools in which some bedrooms are used as parlors during daylight hours. Closet F holds the bedclothes, and closet G holds a washbowl, pitcher, and towels.
“It has been found by actual use that this addition to a piano-forte does not in the least impair its qualities as a musical instrument, but, on the contrary, adds considerably to its reverberatory power.”
Charmingly, the stool doubles as a writing desk (P), its seat conceals a looking glass (U), and its body serves as a lady’s work box, complete with a cushion for holding pins and needles.
Posted in Technology by Greg Ross on February 29th, 2012
Wonder if it would sell these days !!

Lang Lang and McCartney at the White House

The pianist Lang Lang played in a tribute to Sir Paul McCartney held at the White House, July 28, 2011 on PBS stations nationwide, where Sir Paul was presented with the Gershwin Prize for Composition. There was a minor dilemma that was solved with duct tape.  Lang Lang is under contract to Steinway, and the event had a Yamaha grand on which he was to play. Awkward . .  so some enterprising tech solved the problem as seen below . . Clever !

It wasn't a problem, though, when Sir Paul was playing !!

Recorded Music Media Evolution

There was a time, a few decades ago, we were packing up our LP's and trading them in for cassettes, an invention of Phillips of Holland. I bought my first cassette player in 1969 in Geneva,  Switzerland.
At the same time, I bought Led Zepp's first album, and being a bit or an adolescent rebel, I played it in public loud enough to piss off people in the vicinity. Time moves on, and now my tunes are on my iphone, and yes, there still are some Zeppling tunes in the playlist.
This Graph shows how we have migrated to the latest, newest thing.
I wonder what's next . . .

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A Mystery for the Eagle Eyed . .

The photo was in Time Magazine in Jan. 2000.
This piano was photographed in the Waldorf-Astoria in an article about Imelda Marcos, wife of the deposed Philipino Dictator, Ferdinand Marcos. She stayed in a suite which had in it, among other things, a Steinway D.

However there is a surprise in the photo . See if you can spot it !!!
Correct answers . .
  • Jules B

Did you know that . .

Piano strings are pulled to an average tension of around 200 pounds. Each piano has over 200 strings; thus, the total string tension of the average piano is around 40,000 pounds, or 20 tons.

Indeed . . What happened ???

You can still Honk !!

When I added the licence plate enhancement, I received several admonitions from our local OPP that it was 'confusing' and I could be liable to a $$ fine $$. This informative process culminated with a lengthy phone call from some senior OPP official, who was very clear that a number of his junior officers were itching to  ticket me. He was not confused, in fact, he used the visible information to go to my website ( the whole point of the exercise ) and get my phone # from the site. I'm sure he could have used the MOT licence database to get the same info, but the 'plate' worked. He was understanding, and in no way intimidating or pressuring, adding that he found the whole thing very creative and impressive. However, he suggested some changes, so I compromised, and now have a new look. ( My wife says it actually is more noticeable ) We'll see . . .

New Look